Luncheon with special guest, Gen. Charles Duke
Apollo 16 Astronaut
Only 12 men have ever walked on the moon, and General Charles
Duke is one of those men. As lunar module pilot for Apollo 16, Duke spent
over 71 hours on the moon in April, 1972.
Apollo 16 was the first scientific expedition to inspect, survey and sample materials and surface features in the Descartes region of the rugged lunar highlands. Duke and John Young commenced their lunar surface stay of 71 hours and 14 minutes by maneuvering the lunar module "Orion" to a landing on the rough Cayley Plains. In three subsequent excursions onto the lunar surface, Duke and Young logged 20 hours and 15 minutes in extra-vehicular activities--involving the emplacement and activation of scientific equipment and experiments, the collection of nearly 213 pounds of rock and soil samples, and the evaluation and use of Rover-2 over the roughest and blockiest surface yet encountered on the moon.
With the completion of the Apollo 16 mission, General Duke has logged 265 hours and 51 minutes in space, which includes 21 hours and 28 minutes in extra-vehicular activities. Astronaut Duke also served as the backup lunar module pilot for the Apollo 13 and Apollo 17 flights.
Duke’s preparation for his space adventures included graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1957, graduate studies at M.I.T. and service as an Air Force pilot.
At the luncheon, General Charles Duke will narrate an audio-visual presentation of his amazing experiences in space and on the moon. In addition, he will share how he overcame boredom and a troubled marriage through a personal relationship with God.